Yunessun Hakone Kowakien
Hakone (箱根町) is a city in Kanagawa Prefecture that is famous for hot spring (onsen) resorts. Naturally a resort/theme park devoted to hot springs exists there. Hakone Kowakien Yunessun is a strangely wonderful concept, utilizing the area’s prominent hot spring culture and turning it into a unique amusement experience. One can enjoy the relaxing effects of the hot springs, while adding a cool and sometimes bizarre twist; like a red wine colored hot spring complete with a giant wine bottle pouring the water.
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun contains a waterpark, which is particular awesome and totally different than any onsen resort in Japan. A traditional ryokan approach is the standard throughout Japan and Hakone Kowakien Yunessun bucks that model completely. For example, European motifs in certain spaces of the resort can be found along with the silly onsen themes like the giant wine bottle and massive teakettle pouring the hot spring water.
Families with children and those who still enjoy the basic art of play will be happy with the waterpark features. Slides and water playgrounds abound, so the young and young at heart will be satisfied. It is just so cool that you can enjoy the relaxation of an onsen and frolic shamelessly in play, all in the same resort.
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An added bonus for those visiting Hakone is the multitude of interesting museums. Check out their English website here, it lists the museums, their price, and directions to each location. Good times will be had.